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    January 27, 2005

    England beat South Africa after declining chase temptation

    England's win at Centurion to become the first winners of the Basil D'Oliveira Trophy made them only the second team to have won a test series in South Africa after South Africa's return from international cricket isolation. Prior to the loss on Tuesday, South Africa had lost only two home series, both against Australia since their return to cricket in 1991.

    South Africa set England 185 to win in around 44 overs after declaring at 296/6. Kallis and de Villiers made centuries, de Villiers finally scoring his first test century after narrowly missing out in the first innings. However South Africa were unable to gain momentum rapidly and lost quick wickets which eventually forced Smith to declare perhaps a little later than he hoped to. Kallis went slow for a while after de Villiers got out, which just reinforced the views of a fair section of the media that while Kallis is truly a great cricketer, he is pretty unidimensional and cannot take charge of the proceedings.

    England lost three early wickets and were 45/4 when Vaughan and Thorpe calmed things down. The chase was obviously off when Trescothick was out in the very first over.
    Thus spake Jagadish @ 1:26 PM |
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